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Want safety? Buy a house in these cities

If you’re looking for a crime-free place to buy a house, it’s time to move Northeast. According to a new list from NeighborhoodScout, the region is home to many of the nation’s safest cities. The South, on the other hand, lays claim to the country’s most dangerous ones.

Economist says housing demand to rise in 2018, thanks to lifestyle shifts

A new survey shows that when renters buy a home, it will likely be a lifestyle change that motivates them – either getting married, starting a family or retiring. And according to one economist, as Millennial marriages and pregnancies rise in 2018, it should equal a rise in housing demand as well.

Tips for landlords: Beware of tenants who are identity thieves

Tips for landlords: how to avoid tenants who are identity thieves

Have housing prices finally stopped climbing? One forecast says yes

It’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for. According to the latest Home Price Index Report from CoreLogic, housing prices are finally turning around, and by the time January’s numbers are in, could even be on the decline.

One more reason to buy rental property: tax cuts for landlords

New tax cuts for landlords mean that if you don't actively manage rentals yourself, the government has a present for you in the form of a 20 percent deduction.

New report: A third of adults plan to buy a home in next 5 years

Rising home prices or not, it appears the American dream of homeownership is still very much alive. According to a new survey, 32 percent of American say they’ll actually buy a home in the next five years.

The country’s hottest neighborhoods you can actually afford

If you’re looking to live in an up-and-coming area but can’t afford the price tag that typically comes with one, you may want to consider D.C.’s Hillcrest community. According to a new list, it’s one of 2018’s “hottest neighborhoods within reach.”

Can anyone afford to rent anymore? Analysis shows rents through the roof

Rents are getting more and more out of hand. According to a new analysis from Trulia, some regions have seen rents rise as much as 50 percent in the last 10 years. The nation, as a whole, has experienced rent gains of nearly 20 percent since 2012.

New start-up changes rent-to-own game, opens door to homeownership for millions

A new spin on the rent-to-own set-up, Divvy allows potential home buyers to move into their dream home early – long before they can afford it all on their own.

Cutting out the competition: The nation’s least competitive home buyers

If you want an easy time snagging that dream home, you might want to consider Youngstown, Ohio. According to a new study, the Midwestern city is home to the least competitive home buyers in the nation.

Don’t have deep pockets? Avoid buying a home in Washington

If you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg on a house this year, then you might want to avoid buying a home Washington – and Seattle, in particular. According to a new forecase, home prices are expected to jump more than 12 percent in Seattle over the year.

Signs are good for housing market; CEO predicts strong 2018

Things are looking up for the U.S. housing marketing in 2018 – at least according to one CEO. It seems changing migration patterns and increasing housing starts all spell good news for the market as we head into the new year.

America’s best neighborhoods are in Chicago

Finding the perfect place to live is hard, but according to Redfin, Chicago might be the place to start. The Windy City is home to a number of the nation’s best neighborhoods – communities with affordable housing, high levels of inventory, an easy commute, low rates of crime and great schools.

Texas, Arizona top list for most popular U.S. migration spots

When it comes to moving, Americans largely headed south in 2017. According to new data, Texas was the top state for U.S. migration, while Tempe, Arizona, took the honors for top city.

Can’t save for a down payment? Your employer may be able to help

Need help saving for your down payment? Then you may want to find a new job. Thanks to a new offering from crowdfunding platform HomeFundMe, employers can now make down payments a bona fide part of their benefits packages.

Luxury real estate options abound, though tax reform could stall growth

Looking for the life of luxury? Then you’re in luck. The luxury real estate market isn’t as inventory-strapped as more affordable housing is. In fact, there’s actually a pretty wide selection of luxury properties on the market as we kick off 2018.

Hate traffic? These commuter-friendly metros might just be your dream come true

Don’t want to waste your life away with tedious and traffic-filled commutes? Then Eugene, Oregon, is the place to be. With a mere 19-minute average morning drive-time, it’s the nation’s single-best metro for commuters.

Lending gets easier for Millennial home buyers

It seems lending standards are loosening for Millennial home buyers. According to new data, the average FICO score for a Millennial buyer has dropped two full points over the last year. Scores are down even more on refinance loans.

Renting takes another hit; could housing step in and pick up the slack?

America’s rental market is on a downturn. According to a new report, not only has the overall renter population decreased in the last year, but rental prices have jumped as well. Could it spell good news for housing?

Don’t want a bidding war? Avoid these neighborhoods

Want to avoid a bidding war? You might want to steer clear of the West Coast -- and particularly Seattle.

Will 2017 housing end on a high note?

This year’s housing market should close out with a better performance than 2016, and with a strong economy and an improving job market in the works, 2018 could spell even better things to come down the line.

Home prices rise – except in these states

If you’re looking to avoid skyrocketing home prices, then try heading North. According to new data, that’s the only part of the country where prices are bucking national trends – and actually falling month over month.

2018 primed for a banner housing year; builders confident while renting lags

Confidence up, renting down It looks like 2018 could be a banner year for housing. Not only has homebuilder confidence has hit its highest point in 18 years, but renting – and the building of rental units – is on a downturn. Both spell good news for the housing market. Buoyed builders According to the […]

Buying a home? Just 18 Bitcoin could do the trick

Buying with Bitcoin With Bitcoin value jumping more than 183 percent in November alone, there’s no doubt that cryptocurrency is booming. But could it be a viable way to buy or sell a home? Apparently, it already is. Cashing in on cryptocurrency As of Dec. 12, one Bitcoin was worth just under $17,000. And as […]

Are the days of under-valued appraisals over? One study says it might be

Appraisals start to match up Appraisals have long been the bane of home buyer existence. As home prices have climbed, appraisals just haven’t caught up, and the result has been more and more out-of-pocket expenses for today’s buyers, or a lost sale altogether. Fortunately, it looks like those days may be numbered. Buyers, appraisers finally […]

No-budge buying: What today’s home buyers aren’t willing to compromise on

A new type of dream home With inventory tight and prices rising, many home buyers are having to give up some of those “nice-to-haves” in order to find a house in today’s market. But according to a new survey, there are five major attributes buyers just aren’t willing to budge on. No compromise ValueInsured recently […]

The dream home: What does it look like for different buyers?

Buyer preference breakdown It appears the ultimate dream home looks very different from buyer to buyer. According to a new study, men, women, parents, non-parents and even dog- and cat-owners have distinct preferences when it comes to homes they’ll buy. There are even big differences between Android and iPhone users. Men vs. women Redfin recently […]

The 2017 tax reform bill and real estate: what it means if you’re buying a home

Many homebuyers and property owners have questions about the new tax reform bill and real estate. Here's what you need to know about the possible effects on property ownership.

The Millennial home buyer gender gap: male vs. female mortgage characteristics

The mortgage experience is not completely equal for the male versus female Millennial homebuyer.

Selling a house without the hassle: full-service home prep available

Selling a house is a lot of work, specially the preparation. But a new service can take care of that for you. So you can increase your sales price without doing all that work yourself.

No Realtor? No problem. Let these robots take the wheel

Can real estate agent be replaced by robots? Not yet, but new technology helps your agent help you. Or lets you tour homes worldwide from your own home.

How tax reform will impact mortgage deductions

The tax reform bill passed by the Senate may have undesirable consequences for homeowners and home buyers. Here's how it may impact your finances.

Seeking safety: The nation’s safest places to buy a home

Where are the safest cities to buy a home in the US? not just crime, but natural disasters and traffic safety are all concerns. This new ranking addresses them.

Forecast predicts boost in housing inventory, sales in 2018

Housing inventory is rising in many markets. That should increase the supply of affordable homes for new buyers.

New homes in high demand; sales surge as 2018 looms

Like new It’s all about new properties with today’s home buyers. According to new data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, sales of new homes spiked in October, jumping more than 6 percent over the month. Sales up About 685,000 new homes sold in October – up from 645,000 in September. It’s the third month […]

What do today’s homebuyers want in their real estate agents?

What do today's real estate buyers want in a real estate agent?

Housing market forecast : Experts weigh in on 2018 real estate

2017 was a stellar year for real estate. But will real estate be a good value in 2018, and should sidelined home buyers buy now or wait? See our housing market forecast for answers.

Hope for Millennials? The 15 best states for today’s young home buyers

Homebuying hope There’s been a lot of talk about Millennial home buyers as of late – particularly how many just can’t drum up enough funds to enter the market. But according to a new list, there are 15 states where home buying isn’t just possible for Millennials – it might even be easy. Why West […]

Seeking affordability: Home prices most likely to drop in North

Moving North Buyers looking for low-priced housing in the next year or so may want to head North. According to the new Housing and Mortgage Market Review from Arch MI, Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming are the states most likely to see home prices drop in the near-term. Alaska tops the list Alaska has the […]

Is 2017 the best year in housing markets? Or is the best yet to come?

Was last year the best year in housing markets ever? Some experts say this year may be even better for home buyers as more construction helps bring prices down.

Are home prices finally dropping? They just might be

Home prices have risen alarmingly recently, putting pressure on first-time buyers to find affordable properties. But things might be improving for those trying to buy a home this year.

New-home sales surge in October

Sales of new homes hit record numbers, matching levels not seen since late 2007. Is it time to buy a new-construction home?

Here’s where to move for retirement… and where not to

Where should you move for retirement?

Good deed by homeless veteran leads to $350K

Military veteran's good deed doesn't go unnoticed Kate McClure had no idea how she was going to get gas. Parked off an exit, past midnight she sat in her car. It was then a dark shadowy figure started walking towards her, a man with a large beard in a raincoat. "Lock your doors and stay […]

Confidence in new home construction: building starts and completion up

Builders are confident and doing well, and new home construction is up. This is good news for buyers who are looking for affordable homes

Mortgage refinancing in high demand as rates fall lower

Mortgage refinancing is popular again, as interest rates fall.

Can’t find an affordable home? Facebook may be able to help

Problems finding a nice and affordable home? You may have more resources than you think. Try Facebook Marketplace, the latest online home listing site.

Housing starts reach one-year high in October

Housing starts are on a tear, matching the highest levels since before the housing downturn ten years ago.

Renting credit score: You might need a higher FICO to rent than buy

If you thought mortgage lenders were tough on those with a less-than-great credit score, think again. In many cities, it's harder to rent with a low credit score than to buy a home.

How will Trump’s tax reform proposals affect my homeownership plans?

Tax reform is trying to make its way through Congress. If passed, what would it mean for the everyday home buyer and home owner?

Moving out: San Diego draws most buyers from other metros

With housing heating up, people are able to makes moves they might have been putting off. And some nice towns have reaped the benefit of that -- including San Diego, California.

Home construction comeback: Could more housing starts be on the way?

An increase in new home construction is good for today's homebuyers.

Wages not rising as fast as home prices; NAR presents 2018 housing forecast

Post-hurricane jobs numbers not as strong as expected The October jobs report is in, and the numbers are a mixed bag. The U.S. economy added 261,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in October, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A hiring rebound at restaurants and bars impacted by recent hurricanes helped boost numbers. However, October's jobs […]

How millennials influence the housing market

Millennials impacting the housing market According to one national housing trend report, first-time buyers make up 47 percent of all purchases. Half of those buyers are under 36 years old. It's safe to say that (finally!) millennials comprise a large segment of homebuyers. Millennials only group "moving up" in homeownership The Zillow report indicated that […]

Buyer and seller confidence is up: Is it time for you to become a homeowner?

Is it the right time to become a homeowner? Many home buyers and sellers believe that it is. And with interest rates still below 4 percent, you should probably consider homeownership as well.

Rising rent crisis: Tenants struggle to keep up as costs skyrocket

Rising rents don't just make monthly existence hard for enters. They harm the economy for many of the rest of us.

Want the small-town life? The Northeast has the best small cities

If you like amenities but crave a small town atmosphere, these best small cities deliver. And hey are mostly in the northeast,

Where to buy: America’s most and least affordable big cities

if you;re looking for affordable big cities, you know it's a tough ask. But we've just made it a little easier with this list of most and least affordable big cities.

Want to save cash? Save on closing costs and buy in Missouri

Want to save on closing costs? Try moving to a different state. Costs differ substantially by location. If that's not possible, however, we have more tips for you at The Mortgage Reports.

Pending home sales flatline in September

It's a jungle out there for home buyers Pending home sales remained unchanged in September from the downwardly revised reading of 106 in August, on the National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index. Pending home sales: Was it Irma's fault? The index measures future market activity based on contract signings. September’s reading is the […]

September new home sales soar to near-decade-best levels

New home sales are rising. And so is inventory, finally, as builders attempt to keep up with demand.

Realtors optimistic about next six months in housing markets

Housing markets are coming up roses, even though summer's over. Here's what you need to know if you're buying or selling today.

Amazon Key service lets carriers unlock your front door

The new Amazon delivery service gives carriers the ability to unlock your front door to leave packages Ever bought a package on Amazon and thought, "I hope no one takes it off my front step?" Well, Amazon has announced a new program that will allow deliveries inside your home... when you're not home. Welcome to […]

Houston, we have affordable housing

4 U.S. cities ranked among world's most affordable Houston, Texas has some of the most affordable housing in the world. According to Bloomberg's recent Global City Housing Affordability Index, it's one of just four U.S. cities to make the top 10 list. The index considers average housing cost as a percentage of monthly income. The world's most […]

Millennials are moving to the suburbs in bigger cars

Millennials are moving to the suburbs in rural areas in suburbs now that they're able to purchase more. Not only that, but they're buying bigger cars.

Your adult children are moving home: Don’t freak out

According to a research study, 25 million adult children ages 25-35 years old are moving back to their parent's; the highest it's been since the 1940's.

Moving this fall? Here are the strongest housing markets this season

The South takes the cake If you're looking to buy a home in this fall, you might want to consider heading south. According to Ten-X's fall 2017 Top Single-Family Housing Markets Report, that's where the majority of the nation's strongest markets lie. In fact, the Lone Star State alone claimed the top three spots. Texas […]

Everyone’s optimistic about today’s housing market

Today's housing market is churning -- full of buyers and sellers -- for good reason.Money is available and inventory is improving.

Home prices: Growth stalls out

Home prices are not necessarily skyrocketing everywhere. Take a breath and check out your market before you start worrying.

Single women experience slower home appreciation than single men

When it comes to the appreciation value of a home, single men see a better return than single women.

Millennials make up home buying majority in these obscure towns

Younger home buyers are dominating the housing market in some unlikely places. What's drawing them to these little-known areas?

Home construction spending rises: Could it impact home prices?

Building is up, but so is buyer demand. Is increased construction spending by builders enough to alleviate price increases?

Home survey: more homeowners prepare to sell

Desperately low home inventory could become a thing of the past. More homeowners now think it's a good time to sell.

Unmarried Women: Leaders in Homeownership

Generation Z, unlike previous generations, has to Recession-era baggage when it comes to real estate. These people are ready to own a home. If you're one of them, here's what you need to know.

New startup Loftium changing how we see down payments

if you're buying a home in the (expensive) Seattle area, this new program by Loftium and Umpqua Bank might help. It provides down payments to those willing to participate in the program.

Buying a house in areas hit by natural disaster

Buying a house in an area distressed by flood, hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster is not as crazy as it sounds. It may be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Breaking: Housing starts up, hurricanes dampen builders’ optimism

In the news, building starts were down in July; many believe due to hurricane activity.

Here’s how much Jay-Z and Beyoncé are spending on their mortgage each month

The king and queen of entertainment just took on a huge monthly payment -- more than the average American spends on an entire house.

Wages Are Not Keeping Up With Home Prices: NAR

It's clear: home sales are slowing because wages are not keeping up with home prices. Which type of consumer is benefitting in this market?

Hope For Home Buyers: Cash Buyers Bow Out, Fall Is Coming

It's the best time of 2017 to get pre-approved. Fall is coming, and it could become way easier to buy a home. Forecast and analysis.

Low Supply Chokes Off Home Sales

Home sales fell again despite the fact that many want to buy. A low supply is the culprit. Here's what to do about it.

Harvard Research: The Future Of Home Prices In 2018

What will home prices do in 2017 and beyond? Find out what Harvard University researchers cam eup with in their latest study, The State of the Nation's Housing -- 2017 Edition.

Report: Homes Selling Faster Than Any Time In Recorded History

Home supply is tight, and homes are selling fast. Mortgage rates are favorable. Is it time to enter the market?

Selling A Home: Meet Gen X and Gen Y (Your New Buyers)

If you're selling a home, it helps to know your market. Meet gen X and Gen Y, your buyers.

Will Home Buying Get Easier The Last Half Of 2017?

Home prices actually fell during the first quarter of 2017. Was the drop seasonal, or will home prices continue to decline this year?

Home Prices in 2017: Are We Facing A Real Estate Bubble?

Rising home prices this year could mean another real estate boom -- or another real estate bubble. How can you tell?

How To Buy A House: 5 Home Buying Mistakes To Avoid

It's hard to know what not to do -- especially when it's your first time buying a home. Here are 5 common but avoidable mistakes.

The Lowdown On Downpayment Grants

Downpayment grants bridge the gap between their savings and the required downpayment for a mortgage. And, the money often doesn’t have to be repaid.

Low Rates, High Competition Fuel Lightning-Fast Home Sales

Median Days on Market still ultra-low as homes sell in less than a week in many U.S. cities. "You snooze, you lose", as they say. Analysis and commentary.

Study: Home Prices Are 33% Cheaper Than In 2006

A study reveals that homes are much more affordable than they were at the height of last decade's housing boom despite home value increases of late.

Report: 2017 Housing Starts Already Above Last Year’s Average

Home builders are trying to keep up with buyer demand. Prices are on the rise, but mortgage rates remain historically low. Time to start home shopping?

Buying A House: How To Deal With Tough Competition

Buying a house in a hot market requires a cool head. Consequently, would-be buyers must be prepared to act fast and pursue effective strategies to win their desired dwelling.

Staging Your Home Helps It Sell 73% Faster, On Average

Selling your home? Make sure you stage it for sale. Staged homes sell 73% faster than non-staged homes; and sell at higher prices, too. Here's how to do it.

Pending Home Sales Foreshadow Strong 2017 Housing Market

For the 31st straight month, the Pending Home Sales Index bested its benchmark reading of 100. It's no wonder home prices continue to rise nationwide.

Report: Single-Family Housing Starts Are Near Their 2016 Best

Home builders are trying to keep up with fierce buyer demand. Prices are on the rise, but mortgage rates remain historically low. Is it time to start your home search?

Buying A House: 7 Hidden Benefits Of Home Ownership

Buying a house delivers many more benefits than the roof over your head. Here are 7 more reasons to consider homeownership today.

Renting Could Cost You More Upfront Than Buying

Rents are not the only cost rising. Moving into a rental apartment or home is getting more expensive too. You may spend less out-of-pocket buying than renting.

How to Buy An Affordable Starter Home

Looking for a starter home? They are in short supply, but it's possible to find an affordable first property. Here's how.

Dos And Don’ts For Boosting Home Equity

Increasing Home Equity: Top 7 Home Improvement Tips To add maximum home equity when you renovate, start by choosing the right projects.

What’s My House Worth? 4 Ways To Find Your Property Value

"What's my house worth?" With today's rising property values, your hous may be worth more than you think. Here's how to find out.

Housing Market Forecast : Experts Weigh In On 2017 Real Estate

2016 was a stellar year for real estate. But will real estate be a good value in 2017, and should sidelined home buyers buy now or wait?

7 Things People Overlook When Buying A Home

When buying a home, look beyond the staged setting of an open house. It takes a bit more digging to make an informed decision.

Condo Values Rising Fast In 5 Major Metros

Is a better to buy a condo or a single-family, detached home? Recently, condos have held value better. Analysis of the condo market, plus live condo mortgage rates.

Buy A House In Your 20s With These Flexible Mortgages

The emerging generation is as much interested in home buying as any generation before. Fueling the enthusiasm is a new menu of affordable mortgage programs.

What To Know About Buying A Short Sale

You get an average 11 percent discount when buying a short sale. But these homes are not always a good value. Take these steps before making an offer.

How To Plan For Homeowner Costs You Didn’t Have As A Renter

You can estimate the additional costs of owning a home and budget accordingly to ensure an enjoyable homeownership experience.

Young Buyers Take A “Job-Centric” Approach To Home Buying

Young adults are shopping for homes where they are likely to find a job as well. Low mortgage rates make it easier to afford homes in employment-rich areas.

$165,000 To Move. $165,000 To Remodel. Choose Wisely

Selling a home and buying another comes with significant costs. Would it be better to build an addition onto your home?

5 Home Upgrades With The Highest Return On Investment

Home improvements are highly personal, but homeowners should consider whether the upgrades will command a higher price from future buyers.

What Would It Cost To Own These Famous TV Homes?

Television is often unrealistic, especially when it comes to the homes the characters live in. How much would it cost to live in these fictional residences?

Would College Students Rather Rent Or Buy A Home?

Today's mortgage programs make it possible for college students to buy a home. Still, most of them choose to enjoy the freedom of renting.

2016 Top 5 Most Unaffordable Cities In The United States

In Q4 2015, the Home Opportunity Index rose to 63.3%. However, this is only because mortgage rates remained low -- and buyers are glad that they did.

Buying A Home Moves Beyond Just “Location, Location, Location”

The old real estate adage -- "Location, location, location" -- may not be the most important piece of advice today's home buyers need to hear.

How “Repair Credits” To The Buyer Can Sabotage Your Home Sale

When buyers and sellers look for common negotiating grounds, it's common for the buyer to request home improvements to be made prior to the sale. The request may be phrased in any number of ways: "The hardwood floors are warped and we think the seller should pay for it." "There...

2018 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits

Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)